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Re: One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

From: wlmss@peg.apc.org [Lawrie Williams]
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 1997 09:13:36 +1000 (GMT+1000)
Fwd Date: Fri, 03 Oct 1997 19:40:33 -0400
Subject: Re: One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

> From: c549597@showme.missouri.edu [Barbara Becker]
> Date: Tue, 30 Sep 1997 09:47:38 -0500
> To: ufo updates <updates@globalserve.net>
> Subject: Re: One Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

>  What happened to my critics?  Steve, Don, Roger et al?  I thought we
>  were going to have a good discussion.  Do you not understand the law?
>  Or does your silence indicate agreement?

>  BB

Barbara Becker says "Ed Walters hoaxed the B&J photos."

She is also on record as saying:

> 1) Ed Walters copyrighted photographs allegedly taken by someone else.
> That at the least would make him a thief.

> 2) Ed Walters copyrighted photographs taken by himself.
> That at the least makes him a liar.

So Ed Walters copyrighted two photos because the people who took
them did not want to come forward? Big deal! By no reasoning can
that lead to the conclusion that fraud was involved. And she wrote
him 4 letters about this!

Four letters is certainly not "brief correspondence" like she
claims. It is pestering. So where is the human face of Ufology?

If anyone is close to Ed & Frances Walters, it would be *very*
interesting to hear how they feel about this latest intrusion.
Nit-picking "Investigation" of this type puts people off coming
forward, so it is counterproductive.

In every field there must needs be checks and balances. People
serious about Ufology no doubt want to seek out "the truth".

But the other side of this coin is that when some self-appointed
"investigator" goes out of their way to penetrate the privacy of
abductees with petty claims such as above, they inevitibly cause
a great many other people to think twice about telling of their

"Witness anonymity" might be one issue, but respect for the
ongoing privacy of known abductees is of equal importance.

My reaction to Barbara Becker's continuing attack on Ed Walters
is one of disgust not just because it is so unfair but also
because of the long term damage this kind of smearing does to
people's trust in Ufology and Ufologists.

Maybe that is her objective.

Maybe BB is sincere and just wants to punish Ed Walters for coming
forward and sharing his experiences with the world without being as
perfect as Barbara herself would have been in the same situation.

Or maybe she is insincere and wants information repressed at its
source by making it unpleasant for abductees to speak out, thus
handicapping serious ongoing ufological investigation.

Pick one.

Lawrie Williams_______

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